2022 Toyota Prius hybrid

MSRP $24,525

Ranked #3 in Hatchback

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2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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When you think of a hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius is likely the first vehicle that comes to your mind. The Prius has become, for better or for worse, an unofficial mascot of eco-friendly, hybrid, and electric cars. Toyota Prius hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective hybrid vehicles in the market. This has also made it the go-to pick among Uber and Lyft drivers. The 2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid will likely return unchanged from the 2021 model year. A new Prius is likely on the horizon but not for the 2022 model year. However, the current Prius is still quite relevant, especially after the 2018 mid-cycle update that brought in AWD, along with major exterior and interior changes.

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Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Very affordable for the package

Large cargo capacity

Toyota’s bulletproof reliability

Cons

Low interior space compared to rivals

Outdated and odd styling

Lackluster performance and driving dynamics

What's New?

Returns unchanged for 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24525

bodystyle

dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

105 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

Continuously variable speed Automatic

capacity

passenger volume

93.1 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

58/56/53 mpg

highway range

598.90 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

L$24,525 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Magnetic Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Engine and Performace

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


Toyota will likely offer the same four major trim levels starting with the base level L Eco trim. Followed by LE, XLE, and top-of-the-line Limited trim. AWD is optional with the LE and XLE trims for an additional cost of almost $2000. This electrified icon has to go up against a new wave of hybrid vehicles. Major rivals include the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Honda Insight Hybrid, and Kia Niro Hybrid. Toyota's own 2022 Corolla Hybrid also cuts into Prius’s sales by being cheaper and offering a similar fuel economy.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front View
2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Rear View

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Features

The 2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid will be available in four trim levels- L-Eco, LE, XLE, and Limited. All the trim levels are powered by a 121 hp 1.8-Liter Inline-4 hybrid powertrain coupled with an FWD as standard. The range-topping Limited trim comes with additional features such as a Head-up display, navigation system, 11.6-inch infotainment system, and an upgraded audio system.

Trims

L Eco

LE

XLE

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$24,525

$25,735

$28,575

$32,650

MSRP (AWD)

 

$27,135

$29,575

 

Key Features

Ultra-Low-rolling resistance tires

Automatic High Beams

17-inch alloy wheels

Navigation System

 

Much-lighter Hybrid battery

Forward Collision Mitigation

Automatic wipers

Sunroof

 

Inflation kit

Rear Window Wiper

Keyless entry

11.6-inch touchscreen

 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa

Cargo Cover

SofTex simulated leather upholstery

10-speaker JBL premium audio system

 

Push Start Button

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration

Power –adjustable driver seat

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

6-Speaker Sound system

7-inch touchscreen

Wireless charging pad

HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite

*2021 MY Spec sheet for reference

We Recommend 

We would stick to the XLE trim as it offers features like heated simulated leather seats, the standard wireless phone charger, and an auto-dimming interior mirror. With the available package, you get a head-up display and sunroof. 

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid Price

Pricing for the Prius will likely increase by a sliver. The base model will likely cost around $26,000 and the top-of-the-line Limited trim will cost around $34,000. The 2021 Prius Hybrid price starts at $24,525 and goes up to $32,650 for the top-most trim level. 

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid Release Date

The 2022 Toyota Prius will likely hit the dealerships in the last quarter of 2021, which is around November. Official release dates are yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Engine and Performance

If you are looking for thrilling acceleration, Prius’s hybrid powertrain is not the one for you. The entire setup is geared for one thing and one thing only, Fuel economy. Its lethargic powertrain can't be given a free pass either, as several competitors provide acceptable performance while delivering similar fuel economy. The setup consists of a 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor to pump out 122 horsepower. The Prius boasts a 25-mile all-electric driving range.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Engine Bay

If you are looking for something that offers something engaging to drive, the Prius does not offer much. The suspension setup is soft and the car moves around like an SUV from the 90s. In terms of steering feedback, there is none. The steering feels light and disconnected. The Prius also boasts a mix of regenerative and friction braking. However, this also results in inconsistent and numb feedback.

Models

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid*

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

MSRP

$26,000

$25,000

$25,000

$26,000

Engine

1.8L Inline Four-Cylinder + Electric Motor

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder + Electric Motor

1.5L Inline Four-Cylinder + Electric Motor

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder + Electric Motor

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power

121 hp @ 5,200 RPM

139 hp @ 5,700 RPM

155 hp @ 6,000 RPM

139 hp @ 5,700 RPM

Torque

105 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

109 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

99 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

195 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

Similar to its real-life performance, the Prius lacks on paper as well. The engine produces the least power out of the bunch. The two-speed CVT transmission does its job but rival brands offer many engaging powertrains. The Prius is simply not built for performance. Even with the AWD system, the Prius cannot catch up to its rivals in terms of straight-line performance.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Fuel Economy

9.0/10

As stated before, the Prius is all about Fuel Economy and reducing the cost per mile. The Thriftiest Prius Eco will earn about 58 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway. Other versions of the Prius will do around 54 in the city and 50 on the highway.

With a quite large 11.3-gallon fuel tank you are looking at a range of over 600 miles. The Prius is absolutely dominant when it comes to saving your fuel costs and the environment.

Models

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid*

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

MPG (City)

58

57

55

49

MPG (Highway)

53

59

49

51

MPG (Combined)

55

58

52

46

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.3

11.9

10.6

11.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

615/599/622

678/702/690

583/519/551

559/581/524

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Prius dominates other rivals in this segment. Especially if you consider city driving, where most of these vehicles will be used. The Hyundai Ioniq actually delivers a similar fuel economy while delivering much better performance. So buyers might sway towards the Korean automaker.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Interior

7.0/10

The Prius’s interior is like its performance, quite muted. There is a considerable amount of plastics present throughout the cabin. The seats are average when it comes to offering enough support and comfort over long distances. Leather upholstery is an option that does lighten up the interior and increases comfort levels. The interior room is fine in the front row. However, legroom in the rear seats could be an issue for taller adults.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Front Row Seats

All trim levels come with the same 7.0-inch infotainment system except the top tier Limited trim that boasts a larger display 11.6-inch display. The infotainment system is fairly loaded with features like AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth capability, and USB connectivity. The system also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

The ride quality is decent and nothing great with the Prius. Rivals offer much better ride quality. Road and wind noise also tends to creep into the cabin quite a bit, especially on the highways. Due to the hatchback, the Prius boasts a large cargo capacity with a wide opening.

Models

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid*

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.4/55.0/42.2

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/56.9/42.3

40.1/56/41.7

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.4/53/33.4

36.9/55/37.7

36.9/55/37.4

39.1/55.2/37.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

27.4

24.5

15.2

19.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

On the spec sheet, the Prius does not excel anywhere in terms of room. The front row is decent, but rivals offer better room. The rear seats are a bit problematic due to their cramped legroom situation.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Infotainment System

In terms of interior quality and comfort, rivals do a much better job compared to the thrifty Prius. Some of the notable interior and infotainment features of the 2022 Toyota Prius include:

  • 7-inch / 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 6-speaker sound system 
  • Power adjustable and heated front seats
  • SofTex Upholstery on seats and steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Smart Key System with push-button start
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa integration
  • Homelink auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Climate control with pollen filter

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Exterior

6.0/10

The exterior styling of the Prius has always been a controversial issue. It is certainly not generic and does stand out. Its out-of-the-box styling has managed to give the Prius its own identity which can't be duplicated. As you move towards the side profile, the Prius gets the support of 15-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels, manages to bring out a ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The Sportback-ish roofline allows the Prius Hybrid to offer a longer attire than the regular hatchbacks.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Hatchback Three Quarter View

On the rear, you get Bi-LED combination taillights along with color-coordinated rear spoiler, giving a stylish exterior to the package. In the end, it's a matter of personal preference, are you willing to put up with the Prius’s extraordinary styling. Or you want something cleaner looking like a Honda Insight.

Models

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid*

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2021 Honda Insight Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,010

2,996

2,987

3,100

Length (inches)

180

176

183.6

171.5

Width (inches)

69.3

71.7

71.6

71.7

Height (inches)

57.9

56.9

55.5

60.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

5.3

5.1

6.3

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

*2021 MY data used for reference

The current Prius Hybrid model was slightly restyled back in 2018 which does help it stay relevant. However, rivals like Hyundai Ioniq and Honda Insight offer much cleaner exterior styling compared to the rather odd-looking Prius.

The notable exterior features of the 2022 Prius Hybrid are:

  • Bi-LED projector low- and high-beam headlights with auto-off feature
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with on/off feature
  • Integrated fog lights and LED accent lights
  • LED clearance lights
  • Active grille shutter
  • Heated power outside mirrors with folding feature
  • Color-keyed outside door handles
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna
  • Intermittent rear window wiper

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Safety

7.0/10

Toyota has spared no expense when it comes to safety with the Prius. The Toyota Prius was the first car to utilize the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform. Toyota has poured a lot of money to develop this platform. It offers a lower center of gravity while increasing the structural rigidity. It is one of the most successful platforms and almost all vehicles in Toyota’s lineup utilize this.

All of this technology has helped the Prius bag a spot on the Top Safety Pick list published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2018 model year. Similarly, at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assessments, the Prius scored a perfect five-star rating.

The notable safety features of the 2022 Prius Hybrid include:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Automatic Collision Notification
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Competition

6.0/10

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid vs

2021 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq is Prius’s toughest rival. It offers much better performance and slightly better fuel economy than the Prius. Moreover, it offers more interior room as well as a stylish exterior. It also offers multiple powertrain choices in the form of a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric version. It also boasts a longer warranty than the Toyota. Prius takes the lead in terms of more safety features and an available AWD system.

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid vs

2021 Honda Insight

Just like the Hyundai Ioniq, the Honda Insight also offers exciting performance and comparable fuel economy to the Prius. It also offers an excellent interior room, especially the roomy rear seat bench. It also boasts nicer interior cabin quality. The Prius does offer better cargo space and slightly better fuel economy.

2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid vs 2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

The Kia Niro Hybrid simply blows the Prius out of the water when it comes to excellent driving dynamics and performance.

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

The Prius feels sluggish compared to the Niro Hybrid. The interior room is also slightly better than the Prius. However, the Niro Hybrid does not even come close to the fuel economy figures of the Prius.

2022 Toyota Prius hybrid Final Verdict

The 2022 Toyota Prius, even though aging, will still be an excellent car if you want to save money on fuel and up-front costs. However, with little to no changes made to the 2022 model year, you can instead pick up a 2021 Prius model year for much less. The Prius does need a significant update to keep it relevant. And with Toyota itself offering even cheaper alternatives to go green like the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, buyers looking to save some bucks will likely sway away from the Prius.